Alleged ‘chop shop’ under investigation in Splendora

This Google map shows the approximate location of an alleged chop shop in Splendora.

Detectives with Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Auto Theft Task Force were called to assist the Splendora Police Department on a “chop shop” investigation in the 25200 block of Pinewood Drive Splendora on Jan. 28, according to a report from Lt. Scott Spencer, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.

“Upon arrival at the residence, detectives learned that the owner of the property was renting out a building on the property to a male when the owner noticed several vehicles coming in and out of the building. When detectives arrived, they observed several car parts on the property,” the report states.

During the investigation, detectives allegedly discovered that several of the car parts were reported stolen from College Station Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Houston Police Department. The stolen property was recovered and at this time, the investigation is still active.

“This is a great example of how law enforcement agencies working together can become force multipliers to solve crime and bring those responsible to justice,” Spencer said in the report.

The Montgomery County Auto Theft Task Force is a cooperative multi-agency task force that consists of law enforcement agencies from the sheriff’s offices in Montgomery, Walker and Grimes counties with an eight-county coverage area.

“Participating agencies recognized that a special collaborative effort was necessary to better combat vehicle crimes throughout the coverage area,” the report states.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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